Teresa Hollingsworth and Louisiana Bendolph presenting the quilt exhibition to the Shanghai consulate (quilts by Erick Wolfmeyer and Gwen Proctor Johnson)

No cultural expression is more synonymous with American traditional arts than quilt making. In this episode, I talk with SouthArts folklorist and senior program director Teresa Hollingsworth  about The Sum of Many Parts, a large exhibit of quilts made by 25 contemporary America artisans. Katy Malone joins the interview and explains her work overseeing and designing this exhibition, which opened in Shanghai in September 2012. quilts_audienceTeresa and Katy tell how the program came into being and some of the unforeseen benefits of sharing this traditional art of quilt making with Chinese museum-goers. For example, the exhibit has presented several workshops for Chinese audiences lead by U.S. quilters and arts professionals, which offer meaningful cross cultural exchanges.

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